Ottawa: Federal leaders for the New Democrats and Green Party have both received the security clearance they need in order to be briefed on specific allegations of foreign interference attempts in Canadian elections.
Former special rapporteur David Johnston released an initial report on alleged meddling in May, along with a confidential annex of evidence he said opposition party leaders who obtained relevant clearance could review.
The report found the federal Liberals did not knowingly or negligently fail to act on foreign interference attempts, but serious reforms to the government’s handling of intelligence were needed.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said she was reviewing the newly available documents in Ottawa and would provide an update to the media at the end of the week.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s office said arrangements are currently being made for him to view the documents.
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet had both rejected the government’s offer to see the documents. — Canadian Press